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Online MDE

Master's in Distance
Education & E-Learning

Distance Education & E-Learning
Master of Distance Education
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $336 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Lead distance education programs in academic, business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Distance learning has gained recent prominence and demand in the field of education. With an online master’s degree in distance education and e-learning from University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll learn management strategies and gain practical experience to design and lead distance education programs with confidence. You'll develop essential skills in implementing distance learning technology, managing online faculty, and directing the business aspects of distance education programs.

Although the MDE is not intended as a teacher preparation program, it provides the theory, best practices, and background that are relevant for teaching and administration. You can make a difference by expanding learning opportunities for others.

Note: This program does not lead to teacher certification in Maryland.

Total Credits Required: 36

Take the following courses in the order listed:

Foundation Course

  • (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (3 Credits, OMDE 601)
  • (3 Credits, OMDE 610)
  • (3 Credits, OMDE 603)
  • (3 Credits, OMDE 608)
  • (3 Credits, OMDE 606)
  • (3 Credits, DETT 611)
  • (3 Credits, DETT 607)
  • (3 Credits, DETC 620)
  • (3 Credits, DEPM 604)
  • (3 Credits, DETT 621)
  • (3 Credits, DEPM 622)

Capstone Course

  • (3 Credits, OMDE 670)

General Master's Degree Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the above five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
  • Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.
Sequence Course
1 (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
2 (3 Credits, OMDE 601)
3 (3 Credits, OMDE 610)
4 (3 Credits, OMDE 603)
5 (3 Credits, OMDE 608)
6 (3 Credits, OMDE 606)
7 (3 Credits, DETT 611)
8 (3 Credits, DETT 607)
9 (3 Credits, DETC 620)
10 (3 Credits, DEPM 604)
11 (3 Credits, DETT 621)
12 (3 Credits, DEPM 622)
13 (3 Credits, OMDE 670)

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Master’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each master's degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all master’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to help prepare you to lead, manage, develop, evaluate, and implement distance learning programs in a wide range of academic and training contexts.

Shandel A., Montgomery, AL

In fall 2018, there were more than 6.9 million students enrolled in distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics | "Fast Facts: Distance Learning" | 2019

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